Prepare to Keep Workers Safe as Hurricane Season Ramps Up
Hurricane season peaks in September, and wildfires are still burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and from California to Colorado.
OSHA urges employers to be prepared to keep their workers safe during extreme weather events.
The agency provides emergency preparedness and response information on protecting workers before and after hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters strike.
Guidance on how to protect your business from man-made or natural disasters is also available from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.
“Before the next storm strikes, take a walk around your property,” said IBHS President and CEO Roy Wright, in a statement.
“Look for and arrange repairs to loose shingles, siding, or fencing. Trim trees away from your home and clear gutters and drains of debris so rain water can move away. These and other simple steps will help prepare your home or business and will save you time, energy, aggravation, and money after the storm passes.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes, said IBHS in a statement.
NOAA’s outlook indicated one to four hurricanes could become major (Category 3 or higher) with sustained winds in excess of 110 MPH.
This follow’s 2017 extremely active season, which resulted in more than $200 billion in property losses across the U.S.
“Preparedness is the key to mitigating risks for everyone in hurricane-prone areas,” Wright added.
“Protect your property through maintenance and monitoring, and with flood insurance if you live in an area prone to flooding. If you live or own property along any waterway, flood insurance is something you should strongly consider.”
Wright also emphasized there is a 30-day waiting period for new flood insurance policies to become effective for homeowners and business owners after they are bound by your insurance carrier.
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